Saturday, November 6, 2010

Our Birthright as His Children

I was thinking about the idea of a Christian's birthright.  We are His children and as His children, we have certain rights and privileges.  These are our birthright and we have a legitimate claim to these rights.  We didn't have to deserve these rights to receive them, Christ earned them for us and we received them all upon our new birth, by grace through faith, into God's family.

So here are some of the things I thought of that are part of our birthright as His children:

  • We have the right to call God our Father, or Daddy, and we have the right to be called sons of God.
  • We have the right to access our Father at any time to ask Him for anything we need or discuss anything on our mind.
  • We have a right to the inheritance, and the Spirit has been given to us as a down payment and guarantee of that inheritance.  And this inheritance starts right now for us; eternal life starts now!
  • We have, thus, a right to resurrection from the dead, since that is part of our inheritance.
  • We have the right to stay in God's house forever.
  • We have the right to be loved, cared for, and never rejected, no matter what we do or don't do, because we have been put in God's family by new birth when we were born of the Spirit.
  • We have the right to say we are born of God.
  • We have the right to claim all the promises of God.
  • We have the right to claim all the victory of Christ.
  • We have the right to stand under the authority of Christ.
  • We have the right to live free of guilt, condemnation and bondage.
  • We have the right to live free from the demands of the law and to enjoy the work of the Spirit in us.
  • We have the right to enjoy constant, perfect communion with God at all times.
  • We have the right to laugh at the devil and his lies.
  • We have the right to have God always with us, fighting on our side for us, so we never face any problem alone again.
  • We have the right to rest, knowing Christ is doing the living through us.
  • We have the right to enjoy peace with God at all times, since Christ finished the work to make us right with Him.
  • We have the right to boldly declare that we are the righteousness of God in Christ and to assume that our desires are righteous.
  • We have the right to live free from fear.
  • We have the right to know we are loved and accepted and completely right with God, even after a terrible failure.
  • We have the right to know God hears and answers our prayers.
  • We have the right to enter heaven, for we are already seated there with Christ.
  • We have the right to every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus; every spiritual blessing is ours in Christ right now.
  • We have the right to have all our needs met according to His riches in glory.
  • We have the right to know that God will work everything for good for us.
  • We have the right to feel completely secure in God's arms.
  • We have the right to the Father's lap.
  • We have the right to be the Beloved of God!
It's so wonderful to know what our rights are as His children!  And these rights are not something we have to deserve - they're ours all because of the wonderful finished work of Christ and because of His marvelous grace!

                             With love,
                                             

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May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14